Stanford U. Buildings Seek LEED Platinum

The Stanford Graduate School of Business offers such courses as Environmental Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science for Managers and Policy Makers, as well as an MBA/MS Environment and Resources joint degree program–and now, it will do so from a new facility of eight buildings situated around three quads that are expected to take LEED Platinum.

The new the Knight Management Center buildings are flooded with natural daylighting (as well as a whole lot of technology) and encompass a total of 360,000 square feet.

Stanford Knight Center

image via Stanford University

Green features include underground parking (to reduce impact on open space); extensive use of recycled materials and low-VOC finishes; rainwater and greywater used for flushing toilets, cutting potable water consumption for sewer conveyance by 80%; radiant heat, a heat exchanger, and a “night flushing” system that will allow the building to expel hot air at night throughout automated skylights and windows during the summer; and photovoltaic panels expected to provide for 12% of the buildings’ energy needs.

The facility was designed by Boora Architects and lies adjacent to the school’s Schwab Residential Center for MBA students.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.